David Chao, MD: Alex Smith is Back, But With Major Limitations By David Chao, MD - August 16th, 2020
The fact that Alex Smith is back onto the football practice field on an active roster means he should be given the “Comeback Player of the Year” award based on that alone.
The gruesome injury (not for the squeamish) that could still cost Smith his career, nearly ended with an amputation to save his life. So while I join in the parade of congratulators I also brought the rain clouds with me.
The unfortunate reality is that there is no way Smith can be even close to the same Alex Smith that he established himself as over the course of his 13-year career. Expectations that he is going to carry this momentum back to being that player is simply not possible. He – and we – will have to learn what the new version of Alex Smith will be, due to the limitations with his leg.